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The Windermere Estate

From $124 Night India, Kerala


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  • trekking and hiking in a tea lovers' paradise

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Overview

Windermere Estate is a small boutique hotel in Idduki, Kerala, a rustic-chic hideaway overlooking acres of tea plantations against the backdrop of the awe-inspiring Western Ghats. Choose from the plantation house-style rooms, the spacious cottage rooms and the romantic Planter's Villa rooms, all individually styled and all affording breathtaking views over the valley, tea fields and mountains. With the friendly owner family living nearby and a welcoming team of staff, you can make the most of their wealth of local knowledge and explore the wonderful trekking paths through the cardamom plantations, walks through the mountains and woods and picnics out on the grounds before returning to Keralan cuisine in the restaurant or a cosy night-time barbeque and campfire.

Activities

The Windermere Estate is a paradise for nature lovers, with a wide variety of flora, fauna and bird species to be found across the various habitats, from mountain to forest, tea field to cardamom plantation. Jeep safaris can be arranged around the Kolugumalia Tea Plantation with a visit to one of the region's oldest tea factory's, or take a safari through Matupeety, Kundla Dam and the Shola Forest by jeep to Marayoor with its natural sandal wood trees and caves with murals and relics from the New Stone Age civilisation. We recommend the guided 4-hour mountain trek where you can enjoy spectacular views over the colonial town of Munnar, also a great place for a day trip. Every day, there is a guided 2 hour trek of the plantation where you can learn about the vegetation and birds that inhabit the estate. Echo Point can be reached on the way up to the Top Station, the highest point on the Munnar-Kodaikanal Road, where you can experience the extraodinary natural echo phenomenon. Down in Munnar Town, you can learn more about the art of tea making in the Tea Museum and visit the colourful vegetable & fruit market. For those who enjoy golf, there is a course 4 kms from Windermere. In the evenings, enjoy locally grown tea in the library with your fellow guests, or perhaps a bonfire in the Boulder Garden.

Dining

For breakfast, enjoy a choice of Continental & South Indian dishes including dosa, idili, puri and eggs, bacon, sausage, fruit, toast and juices, all served in the Alpine-style Barn. For lunch choose from a traditional Keralan lunch or sandwiches, with dishes such as vegetarian curries, rice and a non-vegetarian dish followed by an Indian sweet. For dinner enjoy a table d'hote menu of Keralan cuisine such as cream of carrot soup, appam, aloo-palak, fish moiley and butter rice & coconut soufflé, while snacks and afternoon tea are served in the Keralan-style Hut.

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Location



Address: Off Seaport-Airport Road, Thrikkakara, Kochi Kerala, 682021 , India


Rooms

There are 18 individually-styled rooms at The Windermere Estate, divided into 3 categories. The 8 Garden rooms have a plantation house style and pretty lawns out front, with a natural colour scheme of terracottas and creams and exposed stonework walls in the rooms, which open out onto a private veranda looking out to the gardens and the Chithirapuram valley. The 8 Cottage rooms, named after the produce grown on the estate, among them Cardamom, Coffee & Vanilla, have plenty of space at 600 sq ft, each with spacious bathrooms and king-size beds and, naturally, wonderful views. The 2 Planter's Villas rooms are situated among the oaks, with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out to the tea-covered hills of the Western Ghats. At 1,100 sq ft, these are the largest of the rooms, each with a sitting-dining room, private balcony and a bathroom opening onto a pretty courtyard. All of the en-suite bathrooms have showers and hand-made organic butter soap & bath products, towels & bathrobes are provided.

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Conditions

Cancellation policy

Advanced payment of the cost of the booking is required at least 30 days prior to arrival to confirm the booking. Cancellations made 30 days prior to arrival will receive a full refun. Cancellations 30-15 days prior to arrival wil receive a 50% refund. Cancellations made less than 15 days prior to arrival and no shows will not be refunded.

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